6 Replies Latest reply: Aug 8, 2013 12:40 PM by tsl90
tsl90 Level 1 (0 points)

I have run verify permissions three times in the last couple days. Each time I get a long list of issues. Each time I repair them and it says they are fixed. But when I run again they are there.


I have discovered this as I worked through another issue.


There is a screenshot of my permissions issues here:




Please note I have a small amount of HD space left and have posted also about removing a virtual machine partition in this discussion section. I am just trying to see how this permissions issue fits into the big picture.


Thanks in advance for any assistance you can provide.



MacBook Pro (15-inch 2.4/2.2 GHz), Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • Klaus1 Level 8 (47,770 points)

    As long as the report ends up with 'Permissions repair complete' then, as far as permissions go, you are fine. You can ignore the various statements in the report:


    Permissions you can ignore on 10.5 onwards:




    Using 'should be -rw-r--r-- , they are lrw-r--r--' as an example, you will see the that the permissions are not changed, but the | indicates a different location. This is because an update to Leopard onwards changed the location of a number of system components.


    Poster rccharles has provided this description of what it all means:


    d = directory

    r = read

    w = write

    x = executeable program



    |  |  |

    |  |   all other users not in first two types

    |  | 

    |  group


    a little more info

    Before the user had read & write. A member of the group had read.

    After, only the user had read & write.

  • tsl90 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for the quick reply. I will do some reading there.


    To clarify:


    It does say that the repair is complete. But then when I try to verify again all the problems are still listed. If they were fixed shouldn't the next verify show no problems?


    Thanks again.

  • Klaus1 Level 8 (47,770 points)

    Verifying permissions is a waste of time, and it is not necessary to repair them very often.

  • tsl90 Level 1 (0 points)



    Is that the concensus. Just ignore this?

  • Klaus1 Level 8 (47,770 points)


  • tsl90 Level 1 (0 points)